To Michael Eaton, faith is a very important part of his daily routine. After grounding himself spiritually, Eaton went about his day in a relatively predictable routine while training at altitude in Flagstaff, Arizona. Now that Eaton has returned home to Bowling Green, Kentucky, he is gearing up to compete in a weeks time.
Runners Feed: Take us through a typical day of your life…
• Get up around 6:30 to 7 a.m.
• Read my Bible and pray.
• Look out the window guess the temperature.
• Get dressed and head out for a morning run, short if planning on an afternoon workout, long if just an easy day.
• Come back, do some sort of core conditioning before eating a quick breakfast and heading to work.
• Work from 10 to 3 four days a week at Northern Arizona University’s student union cafeteria.
• Run again after work.
• Come home and eat dinner.
• Read a book, call my girlfriend, unwind from the day.
• In bed by 9:30 if possible.
RF: Do you work full or part-time while training? If so, what do you do? If not, what has kept you afloat while you pursue your dream?
ME: I’ve worked part time in all three of the locations I’ve been training in since this summer. In Louisville, KY I worked at Swag’s Sport Shoes. While in Flagstaff, at the Hot Spot in the Student Union (Campus dinning), and now back home in Bowling Green, KY I’m working at TRAX Running.
RF: What do you do on a regular basis to make sure you toe the line healthy?
ME: I do some basic stretching and bounding drills to keep things loose. I get a sports massage once a week for about an hour. There is a local runner (Bob Somers) in town who does an excellent job, I’ve been coming to him since high school.
RF: My onsite support team will include…
• Coach Ron Mann
• Dad, Mom, Brother
• Family friend Rick
RF: How will you be decorating your bottles to make them easily recognizable?
ME: Bright neon orange duck tape!